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Gradinski chai, your depiction of Bulgarian justice reminds me eerily of Italian justice. It's ironic that a Berlusconi appointee (Frattini) should make such a statement. Perhaps he was thinking of home where a similar treatment by the EU might help.

Ultimately, the issue in Italy- and I suppose Bulgaria- lies at the doorstep of the legislative branch, all too ready to pass laws to render the judiciary ineffectual.

by de Gondi (publiobestia aaaatttthotmaildaughtusual) on Wed Sep 6th, 2006 at 06:54:28 PM EST
One of my colleagues argues quite convincingly that most of the states of southeast Europe have settled into a quasi-democracy that is reminiscent of (particularly southern) Italy. By "quasi" is meant that clientelistic networks still dominate the economy, particularly in some smaller towns. Political parties have connections with these networks as well.  In the last campaign for parliamentary elections, the leader of one of the political parties even argued that this was natural and just part of good old democracy.
by gradinski chai on Thu Sep 7th, 2006 at 01:16:17 AM EST
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I've come to call it mock democracy. It usually encourages corrupt high-class parasites to screw citizens along with organized crime and covert associations.
by de Gondi (publiobestia aaaatttthotmaildaughtusual) on Thu Sep 7th, 2006 at 07:58:25 AM EST
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